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Friday 31 October 2014

    Top 10 Halloween drinks

    Featuring hip, horror-themed cocktails, pig’s blood and chicken bone, we round up a collection of drinks suited to conjuring up a night of frightful imbibing this Halloween.

    Calls for alcohol calorie labels ‘miss the point’

    Calls made by health professionals to label alcohol with its calorie content “miss the point rather spectacularly”, according to a body which represents British advertisers.

    Russia drags down AB InBev

    Brewing giant AB InBev has seen global beer volumes slide by 2.7% in its third quarter, driven down by declines in Europe, especially Russia.

The week in pictures

A glittering beach party in Cannes, cocktails in Mayfair, pumpkins, David Beckham and a 50-year-old single malt – it’s been another busy week for the drinks business.

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Top 10 Dubai duty free Champagnes

What better way to finish our focus on international duty free sales than with the top-selling Champagne’s at Dubai International Airport.

Investors offered cheap claret over Lafite

Instead of long-awaited cases of Château Lafite or Latour, investors in the failed, Paris-based, 1855.com, are being offered basic Bordeaux.

Chapel Down to double production

Chapel Down’s CEO has predicted consolidation among English wine producers, describing his own business as being in “a fairly aggressive” position to snap up smaller players.

Game of Thrones wine montage

Ever wondered what the characters on Game of Thrones get up to when they’re not killing people or having sex?

Beer

Civil service chief leaves post at SABMiller

The chief executive of the UK Civil Service will step down from his role at SABMiller after health professionals claimed it represented an “inexplicable and troubling” conflict of interest.

Beer Alliance launches £10m campaign

The newly formed Britain’s Beer Alliance has launched with a £10 million campaign and TV advert to get people thinking differently about beer.

Serious Fraud Office to investigate Tesco

The Serious Fraud Office is to carry out a criminal investigation into the finances of UK supermarket Tesco.

Book reveals US presidents’ drinking habits

George Washington loved beer while Nixon hid his expensive wine from guests while serving cheap plonk, according to a new book on alcohol in US politics.

Emma GAO: Grande dame of Silver Heights

Emma Gao is the the winemaker of Silver Heights, a Chinese micro-vineyard, which produces only 40,000 bottles a year.

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Australian Boutique Winemakers’ in HK

It remains a challenging task for boutique wineries from Australia to reach out to export markets. by Ivy Ng

Could Budweiser be better than craft beer?

The simple answer: "It already is." by Dan Fox

Wine: The ‘Kevin Bacon of industries’

“Wine is the Kevin Bacon of industries. It’s related to art, music, food, people. It links everything to everything”, according to winemaker Aline Baly. by Tania Teschke
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WHISK(E)Y

Whisky pulled amid ‘antifreeze’ claims

Bottles of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky have been recalled over claims it contains excessive levels of propylene glycol – a chemical found in antifreeze.

Glenlivet marks 1m case sales with new malt

The Glenlivet has launched a new expression to sit alongside its 12-year-old, as the brand continues in its aim to become the world’s biggest single malt whisky.

Pinot Noir-finished whiskey released

Brown Forman’s Woodford Reserve is to release a whiskey finished in a Pinot Noir barrel.

Diageo fined after two workers injured

Diageo has been fined £18,000 after two of its workers suffered from injuries including broken bones and memory loss in falls at its distilleries.

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Winemakers bare all for saucy calendar

A bunch of young winemakers have again taken part in a raunchy calendar with the aim of presenting the wine industry as “sexy and modern.”

Top 10 wines in the US press

US wine writers turned to the dark side this week recommending a number of dark and juicy red blends perfect for Halloween.

Top 10 Barcelona duty free wine brands

With more than 35 million passengers travelling through it each year, Barcelona Airport represents an incredibly important retail hub for wine.

Top 19 Rioja Masters wines

As the deadline for entering the drinks business Rioja Masters 2014 draws close, we take a look at the best wines from last year’s competition.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Featuring a “ballsy” Chilean red, good-value French fizz and a selection of Sherries, there is something for everyone in this week’s roundup.

Top 10 biggest Champagne markets

With today marking the fifth global #ChampagneDay, db takes a look at the world’s biggest Champagne export markets.

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Fine Wine

C&B: Buyers need to sort ‘charlatans’ from the genuine

UK wine merchant Corney & Barrow’s recent rejection of a suspect case of 1947 Burgundy illustrates its on-going drive to shut out fakes and build consumer confidence in fine wine.

British merchants back Italian fine wine

As Asian demand grows for top-end Italians, UK wine merchants are upbeat about Italy’s prospects.

1882 Ne Oublie lands in HK

Grahams’ rare old tawny Port release, the 130-year-old Ne Oublie has launched in Hong Kong, the first Asian market to receive the wine.

Pontet-Canet declassification a mystery?

The Tesseron family claims to remain in the dark over the rejection of the 2012 vintage of its second wine by the AOC board.

Champagne

DJ David Guetta signs deal with Mumm

International DJ David Guetta has signed a deal with GH Mumm, releasing a video with the Champagne house for his latest track ‘Dangerous’.

Champagne to reduce sulphur dioxide

The Champenois are becoming increasingly focused on improving oxygen management at disgorgment to lower levels of sulphur dioxide.

2014 harvest: Europe at a glance

As Europe brings its 2014 harvest to a close, few of the key wine regions appear to have escaped the unsettled weather conditions that look set to characterise this vintage.

1914 Pol Roger Champagne sells for £5K

A bottle of 1914 Pol Roger Champagne harvested to the sound of gunfire sold for £5,640 at Bonhams auction house in London this morning.

Bubbly burglar busted in France

A French burglar was nabbed by police after settling in for some TV and a bottle of Champagne then forgetting to make a getaway.